What are the important events that happened on April 15? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
April 15: Facts & Myths About This Day
April 15 is the 105th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 260 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 2, 2021 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 449,568 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.
Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectapentagon’ day.
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Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 292 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.
The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,037 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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April 15 Historical Events
Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the American School for the Deaf, the first American school for deaf students, in Hartford, Connecticut.
Abraham Lincoln dies without regaining consciousness after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth.
The General Electric Company is formed.
Black Friday: mine owners announce more wage and price cuts, leading to the threat of a strike all across England.
The George Cross is awarded to “to the island fortress of Malta – its people and defenders” by King George VI.
White Rock, British Columbia officially separates from Surrey, British Columbia and is incorporated as a new city.
At Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Ella Baker leads a conference that results in the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the principal organizations of the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.
The EC-121 shootdown incident: North Korea shoots down a United States Navy aircraft over the Sea of Japan, killing all 31 on board.
Representatives of 124 countries and the European Communities sign the Marrakesh Agreements revising the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and initiating the World Trade Organization (effective January 1, 1995).
An Air China Boeing 767-200, flight CA129 crashes into a hillside during heavy rain and fog near Busan, South Korea, killing 128.
Who were born on April 15?
Thomas Hart Benton, American muralist (d. 1975)
Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards player (d. 1980)
Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish writer, poet and translator, recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature
Woodie Fryman, American baseball player
Bengt Gingsjö, Swedish swimmer
Flex Alexander, American actor
Arturo Gatti, Canadian boxer (d. 2009)
Paul Dana, American race car driver (d. 2006)
Seth Wulsin, American artist
Martin Pedersen, Danish professional cyclist
Who died on April 15?
Peder Horrebow, Danish astronomer (b. 1679)
Charles Pichegru, French general (strangled in prison) (b. 1761)
Father Damien, Flemish missionary (b. 1840)
Kepa Te Rangihiwinui, Maori military leader
Pedro Infante, Mexican actor and singer (b. 1917)
Dan Reeves, American football team owner (b. 1912)
Otis Barton, American deep-sea diver (b. 1899)
John Curry, English figure skater (b. 1949)
Harry Shoulberg, American painter, serigrapher (b. 1903)
Sean Costello, American blues musician (b. 1979)
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